Abbot Pennings High School - Argos Yearbook (De Pere, WI)

 - Class of 1975

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The Men Who Made HSuperstar', Go Director Wm. Bauknecht aa Why "Superstar 7 "It was with full understanding-that there is perhaps no more personal thing in the world than a man's relation- ship with his God-that the Abbot Pennings Drama De- partment chose the rock opera, JESUS CHRIST, SUPER- STAR. It was with a sincere attempt to capture both the human and the divine, the humorous and the seri- ous, the dramatic and the religious that we embarked OFI the staging of the play." -Wm. Bauknecht, Director What The Press Said . 'Superstar' Done With Care "Abbot Pennings High School has an unusual show for its annual musical-"Jesus Christ, Superstar"-and it does a good job with it. The school says its production is Orllythe third nonprofessional one to be put on in the nation...Even with the passage of five years time, there is some sensitivity about the rock opera's unorthodox approach to the last hours of Christ. Pennings' director, William Bauknecht, pays careful heed to those who might find offense with a break from the traditional in his program notes tWhy Superstar'?l Pennings' "Superstar" is more a coordinated group ef- fort than a showcase for individual players. Generally, it is a smooth-running, 1 112 hour production and it is done with care...Its crowd scenes-backgrounded strong- ly by musical director, organist, and producer Don Richter and his 16 piece orchestra-are especially ef- fective...Virtually setless, the production's lighting be- comes essential to creating moods, and that is done well by Tom Tessner and his crew...It's no ho-ho, slap-your-thighs show. Bauknecht and Richter show their respect for this group of student by entrusting them with the unusual opportunity to put it on." -War- ren Gerds, Press-Gazette Staff Writer What The People Said l . Pennings' Superstar Editor, Press-Gazette: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the creators oft he phenomenally successful rock f ' a s N- il ii Q' fmt. -S V " Q'-.x Producer Don Richter opera, "Jesus Christ, Superstar," should be grateful to Abbot Pennings High School for a tasteful and reveren- tial productionand performance of their work. Indeed, their presentation last Saturday evening was for me one of the most moving experiences oft he drama of Christ I have ever known. Six years ago, I fell in love instantly with "Jesus Christ, Superstar" when I first listend to it with my son as it spun its way on a record album. Knowing that there are many proper adults who have not dug its rock sounds and its realistic protrayal of a quite human Christ, I would suggest that they submit themselves to the reverent and sincere interpretation of these high school young people. Many such adults might find themselves surprised at experiencing a truly spiritual profundity. After months of expectation, I had the opportunity to witness the first Broadway performance of "Superstar," mounted and staged by the artiest and most sensation-minded experts that the show-biz world could command. I left that Broadway theater sick with dissappointment. It was show-biz at its crassest and worst. I felt it was obscene. It was a "show " that pre- tended to be all about Christ. I way that Webber and Rice should be grateful to Abbot Pennings for treating their with awe and deep sincerity. William Bauknecht, the director, and Don Richter, the musical director, have my appreciation for leading these young people in making a rare gift to this com- munity's spiritual and cultural enjoyment. Sincerity and respect characterize their presentation of a sacred story. It is remarkable that such a dramatic challenge should reveal the amazing talents of these youth. It was for me the finest high school dramatic presentation I have ever seen. What an irony that a group of beautiful high school "amateurs" could offer as a deeply moving experience a drama that was cor- rupted and cheapened by Broadway and Hollywood professionals! For the Blessing they conferred on me and so many others-to be continued this week-I thank these young people. -The Reverend Lee C. Moorehead, First United Methodist Church, Green Bay. 12

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